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The Seven Days: The Emergence of Lee

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During the Seven Days Campaign--the series of battles fought near Richmond at the end of June 1862--General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia routed General George B. McClellan's Army of the Potomac. Although the Confederates repulsed the powerful offensive of the Yankees, they failed to win a complete and decisive victory. The campaign had far-reaching consequence ...more
Paperback, 380 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by University of Nebraska Press (first published 1964)
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Monte Lamb
If you read or study the Civil War, this book is a very good guide on the "Seven Days" battles around Richmond in June-July, 1862. Mr. Dowdey is opinionated and certainly takes several people to task on both sides of the conflict. Initially, I was concerned his reverance for Robert E. Lee might color the book too much, but in the end, he was fair and pointed out both good and bad things Lee did during the battle. The detail is good and the research seems to be complete with few areas left uncove ...more
Josh Liller
Though the publication date on the copy I have in 1993, a closer look reveals it is reprinted from 1964. Robert Krick adds an introduction to this edition, but there has been re-editing of the main work.

On the one hand, this book has a good focus on the command difficulties on both sides and the writing style was okay. But Dowdey has some strong bias, both pro-Southern and quite hostile to certain people like Jeff Davis and Joe Johnston and almost amusingly pro-McClellan. Parts of this book are
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Rich
I would only recommend this book for someone who already has some knowledge of the campaign since there are some good insights here, but you have to know enough to separate the wheat from the chaff. Fortunately, working through the book and separating the wheat from the chaff isn't disagreeable since the writing is first-rate.
Avis Black
Though out of date, this book is well-written and still quite likeable. A good introduction to the battles before Richmond at the beginning of the Civil War.
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Clifford Dowdey was born in Richmond, Virginia January 23, 1904 and died there May 30, 1979. The Richmond Newspapers, the Richmond Times Dispatch and the Richmond News Leader eulogized him as The Last Confederate. His father was descended from immigrants surnamed O'Dowda of County Galway, Ireland, and his mother from an English settler of Jamestown. His father worked for Western Union and his moth ...more
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